Events galore on tap this weekend in Garden City


Groundbreaking for community garden, grand opening of spray park, benefit ride slated.

Groundbreaking for community garden, grand opening of spray park, benefit ride slated.

By The Telegram

This weekend's events in Garden City include a groundbreaking for a community garden, a fundraiser motorcycle ride, and the grand opening of a spray park at the Big Pool.

At noon on Saturday, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Children's Garden and East Garden Village Community Garden at the large field next to the East Garden Village laundromat. Volunteers who want to help with the garden should show up at 9 a.m.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students will dedicate a tree to the memory of Garden City High School French teacher Renee Dawson. Lunch will be provided to all those willing to participate.

For those interested in a personal garden plot next to the Children's Garden, sign-up forms will be available at the ceremony. There are 200 individual plots available.

For more information, contact the BBBS office at 275-2424.

Other events on Saturday include:

* The Sixth Annual Ride for the Future, sponsored by the Department of Public Safety at Garden City Community College, will start in Garden City with stops in Dodge City, Meade and Sublette along a 180-mile route. The event offers an opportunity for motorcyclists and motorists to share in some fun while showing support for southwest Kansas law enforcement, fire and emergency medical personnel, who will be at stops along the ride.

Proceeds will fund GCCC Endowment Association Scholarships for students in the Public Safety Department, which includes criminal justice, fire science and emergency medical services technology programs.

Riders are encouraged to eat breakfast at Hanna's Corner, 2603 N. Taylor Ave., since the restaurant has been a major sponsor since the ride began in 2008.

The scholarship ride will begin with check-in or registration from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bible Christian Church, 1501 Mary St., in Garden City.

Riders will leave the church parking lot between 10:30 and 11 a.m. and head toward the first stop in Dodge City.

From there, it's southwest to Meade for a lunch stop, where public safety agencies will host a free meal for participants. At each stop, riders can visit with fire, law enforcement and emergency personnel.

The final leg includes a stop at Sublette, with the ride concluding at the Bible Christian Church starting point back in Garden City. The last riders are due in at 3:30 p.m. A program, including prizes, drawings and refreshments, is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

Registration for a rider or driver with one passenger is $50. Registration and information packets are available by visiting, or calling 276-9629.

* The 10th Annual Miles of Smiles Women's Day Out will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 2720 N. Campus Dr. Admission is free. Please bring your empty aluminum cans to help "cash" in. There will be door prizes, demonstrations, samples, ideas and inspirations. A silent auction and drawing, $5 manicures by the GCCC Cosmetology School, "Style Show," a self-defense demonstration at 10 a.m. and a Steps Dance School performance at noon. For more information, contact Miles of Smiles at 260-9997.

* The grand opening of a new sprayground is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Garden City Municipal "Big Pool." The target age for the new spray park features is toddlers to 8 years old. Bring your swimsuit for the grand opening event, free of charge.

* Garden City YMCA is hosting the 2013 Healthy Kids Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the YMCA, 1224 Center St. The free event offers games, swimming and information from local area businesses for youth and families. The first 40 kids will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, contact Aquatics Director Monica Colborn at 275-1199.

* The Finney County Humane Society is offering a free parvo vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon at the Garden City Animal Shelter, 124 Fleming St.

* Dave Bingham Baseball Camp will be held Saturday and Sunday at the West Pavilion Building at the Finney County Fairgrounds. Each session camp includes a $30 fee for Academy members, and a $40 fee for non-members. Saturday's camp is 9 a.m. to noon for third- through fifth-grades, 2 to 5 p.m. for sixth- through eighth-grades. Sunday's camp is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ninth through 12th grades. For more information, contact Marcus Sabata at 640-3848.

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